£800k hospital plan approved
PUBLISHED: 10:22 30 March 2015 | UPDATED: 10:03 02 April 2015
It is all systems go for the transformation of Budleigh Salterton Hospital into a health and wellbeing hub, after NHS bosses gave the final go-ahead.
The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust approved the plans at a board meeting this week.
The project will cost £800,000, with half this money paid by the hospital’s league of friends - and the other half by the trust.
It is set to feature a combination of NHS services, charities and commercial organisations, creating what is billed as a centre of support and advice for people of all ages.
Trust chairman Roger French said: “The board was unanimous in its support for the development of a health and wellbeing hub in Budleigh Salterton and we now can’t wait to turn this dream into a reality.
“The hospital is a much-cherished facility and its development into a hub offers a new, exciting model of care that will make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of the local community for many years to come. We expect the hub to become a focal point for the community which is vibrant, well used and extremely valuable for local people of all ages, offering a range of NHS, mental health and other services.
“I would like to thank the League of Friends of Budleigh Salterton Hospital for their incredible support, without which this would not have been possible.
“We are proud to be leading this very exciting development and look forward to working with our partners to bring the project to fruition over the coming months.”
The trust says it and the league of friends have been working closely with the Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local stakeholders to develop the project.
Budleigh GP Dr Richard Mejzner, a member of the CCG’s eastern locality board - who has driven the development of the hub plan with the community - said: “I am delighted with the news that the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has approved the final business case for development of a hub at Budleigh Salterton Hospital, and wish to thank them for their work on this project.
“I also want to acknowledge the unfailing support of the League of Friends of Budleigh Salterton Hospital. Without this support, it would not have been possible to realise this exciting and innovative vision.”
Dr David Evans, chairman of the League of Friends of Budleigh Salterton Hospital, said: “Our committee feels that a wellbeing hub, adapted for the provision of local needs, is in the very best interests of the community of Budleigh Salterton and its hospital.
“From a personal point of view, it is very reassuring to know that over 50 per cent of the services within the hub will remain under the jurisdiction of the NHS. This means that more than 100 years of invaluable heritage, engendered from within our hospital, will be preserved for generations to come.”
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